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between the two countries. >>> u.s. and other nato leaders are hoping to pressure hamid karzai to sign a bilateral peace pack. afghan officials say no deal will be signed unless president karzai's demands are met. >> reporter: this is not fooling around. this is serious business. they are the worlds of the u.s. secretary of state john kerry here in brussels on tuesday evening and addressing the afghan president, hamid karzai. why hasn't the agreement been signed? john kerry wouldn't speculate. john kerry believes the document was agreed last month.. susan rice went to kabul last week, she came away empty handed. what is at stake here is the legal basis upon which troops and trainers can operate in afghanistan in a post 2014 environment. it can't be switched on and off like a light switch, that is the message from nate toe and john kerry. what they are trying to do is impress on karzai the necessity of signing this paper before the end of the year. it will be a tough ask because karzai at the moment appears adamant that he won't budge. >>> hezbollah is blaming israel for the death of on
making a surprise visit to afghanistan where u.s. officials have been demanding hamid karzai sign a new security agreement. >> reporter: before arriving in afghanistan secretary hagel was in bahrain trying to reassure allies in the middle east that the united states is committed to the persian gulf region. secretary hagel said the u.s. is willing to start selling advanced weapons, things like missile defense systems to u.s. allies in the region. the move is seen as a way to counter iran's military ambition. he added that even though the west had agreed to a temporary deal to limit iran's nuclear capability, tehran still poses a significant threat to the middle east and the world. many allies in the region fear the u.s.'s withdrawing from its traditional role in the middle east but hagel said after a decade of war the u.s. will not shirk its responsibilities in the middle east. >> we know diplomacy cannot operate in a vacuum. our success will continue to hinge on america's military power, and the credibility of our assurances to our allies. >> following that he met with senior afghan off
policy plate. then there is afghanistan, where afghan president hamid karzai has refused to sign a bilateral security agreement or bsa as it is called, with the united states until sometime after the election in 2014 and also he has to get some of his demands met first. national security advisor, president obama's national security advisor susan rice responded to that. here she is. >> if the agreement isn't signed properly, what i said to the president is we would have no choice, we would be compelled by necessity, not by our preference, to have to begin to plan for the prospect that we will not be able to keep our troops here because they will not be invited because of the bsa will not have been signed. >> and that's the threat, general, is that the u.s., which had said that we along with our allies intended to keep a residual force, which was going to be 10, 15,000 troops in afghanistan after the general pullout at the end of 2014 that we might have to go to the zero option and just pull out all troops and all aid entirely. should we make that threat, should we be willing to
president karzai signed off? there is still tension between the powers that be in the united states. >> it is quite troubling what we have seen in the past few weeks with karzai not willing to sign. we thought he was. -- it seems to be similar to what they were in iraq. not getting a sticking agreement. highlight deja vu. >> how bad is it? hagel would not meet with karzai? >> he snubbed karzai. karzai said he would not let -- you wantallow certain detainees released from guantanamo. he said he might be postponing signing an agreement until april. the u.s. is not ok. the end of they year. they need to start planning the troops will stay. joined me.ler good to see you. coming up, shopping for bitcoin. the virtual currency scavenger hunt. ♪ >> digital currency, bitcoin, has had a wild ride. last week it plunged more than 20%. like baidu suspended accepting payments. so much focus, matt miller went to find out what one can actually do with a bitcoin. >> the incredible volatility of missed lastd not be week. the price shot up to more than $1200 and dropped to $600 momentarily. we thoug
karzai of afghanistan. >>> next, how to understand the booming american economy. i'll ask the man who presided over great growth and some critics charge also helped create many bubbles. former fed chair alan greenspan. and as we approach the first anniversary of the newtown massacre, what can the u.s. learn from other nations about gun policy? i'll take you to japan for a fascinating look at a nation that loves violent video games but has a gun death rate that is very different from america's. it's a preview of a "gps" special airing tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern. >>> but first, here is my take. when nelson mandela was released from prison in 1990, i remember being struck by how old-f old-fashioned he seemed. he spoke with the language, kay dance and manner of figures from the 1940s and '50s. as someone who grew up in india he reminded me of the videos i had seen of mahut ma gandhi and nero. he had the same formal way of speaking and dressing, the same dignity of bearing, the same sense of history. and mandela really was a throwback to an older time of great leaders who through courage
to percade hamid karzai to sign. keeping u.s. military troops past 2014. after a second day of talks, paul joins us. >> n.a.t.o. officials meet with afghan's foreign minister. could we be closer to a signature. >> i think the principal you have to think of when you talk about these meetings, is like an apple press. you tighten the pressure in the hope that the juice flows. there's a blockage in the pipeline. it is hamid karzai. he's not willing to sign the bilateral agreement. even john kerry will not speculate as to why he will not sign it. hamid karzai at the moment says no. susan rice went to kabul, he said no. as john kerry says on tuesday here in brussels, there are some 50 nations who are part of the effort to stablilize afghanistan. they have budgetary cycles, planning cycles, and you don't turn off military cycles like this. there has to be planning involved. n.a.t.o. says it needs the signature before the end of the year. n.a.t.o. officials said any signature will do. hamid karzai says he will not sign it until next year. could it strain relations with president hamid karzai. >> i
if president karzai doesn't sign a security pact allowing them to stay until 2014. >> it's a very real possibility because if we don't have a bilateral security agreement which i've noted, that means we can't protect our forces that would be here at 2014. no international partners will come. afghanistan essentially will be alone. but we have no other option. >> american people look at this, all the blood, all the treasure. they hear things that hamid karzai says, adding new demands before he sign this security agreement, just a refusal to comply. why can't americans look at that and say it's just not worth it? >> i think that is a legitimate question, that we should ask that question, is it worth it or not worth it. it needs to be asked. especially in a representative government, a democracy, those questions must be asked. so it is now up to president karzai to make a decision. >> did the u.s. miscalculate in thinking he could be a partner? >> well, he has been a partner. >> but he surprised the u.s. saying he was going to sign this thing and he didn't. >> we were surprised. and then t
can. >>> afghan president hamid karzai says he will not allow anyone in his government to sign a new security pact with the united states. karzai was reacting to secretary of state john kerry's statement that afghanistan's defense minister could sign it instead. karzai is so far refusing to agree to a new troop arrangement with the u.s. >>> ukraine's prime minister is accusing political opponents of provoking violence in the aftermath of a major policy switch. thousands have protested since the government backed out of an economic pact with the european union in favor of closer relations with russia. some of the demonstrators have been beaten and arrested. >>> vice president joe biden was in beijing today meeting with china's new president amid a ratcheting up of tensions in the region that has seen not only the usual inflammatory words but even the deployment of u.s. warplanes. chief washington correspondent james rosen brings us that story. >> reporter: in five and a half hours of talks that u.s. officials said were marked by casual candor, the chinese president said their two coun
's meeting with senior afghan officials in an effort to push president hamid karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement with the united states. the agreement has already been agreed upon. but karzai's been dragging his feet in signing the deal, trying to win some more concessions from the united states. this has angered both the white house and the pentagon. once the security agreement is signed by karzai, which many people expect it will happen, it's just taking longer than they expected, the pentagon is expected to announce roughly 10,000 or so american troops will stay in afghanistan post 2014 to train the afghan security forces. >> thank you so much for your report. >> keeping our focus overseas, the house foreign affairs committee is holding a hearing next week on the plight of the american pastor jailed in iran. he is being held by tehran over his christian faith. abadini has already served one year of his eight-year sentence. although president obama made a plea for the pastor's release in an historic phone call to iran's new president, the white house has come under scrutiny
in an effort to push presiden hamid karzai to sign a ral security agreement, which has already been agreed upon, but karzai has been dragging his feettin signing, trying to win more concessions from the united states. once the security deal is signed by karzai, the pentagon is expected to announce some 10,000 or so u.s. troops will stay in afghanistan post 2014 in an effort to train and mentor the afghan security forces. >>> the nsa snooping on millions of us is getting new attention tonight. fox news confirmed the original author of the patriot act wants the director of national intelligence to lose his job. congressman james sensenbrenner says james clapper should be fired and prosecuted lying to congress. it's all over testimony clapper gave in march on the nsa spying scandal. >> does the nsa collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of americans? >> no, sir. >> it does not? >> not wittingly. there are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly. >> documents leaked by edward snowden reveals the nsa collects records on virtually all u.s.
, thanked them for their service. he did not, repeat not meet with the afghan president hamid karzai who apparently didn't invite him in for coffee despite what the u.s. has done in afghanistan over these years, spending hundreds of billions of dollars, losing thousands of troops. i was pretty shocked that hagel, the defense secretary of the united states, was not apparently invited by president hamid karzai for a meeting. it's pointed though because the afghan leader has delayed signing a security agreement to extend the u.s. military troop presence in afghanistan for another ten years. hagel downplayed the significance of not meeting with karzai and says at afghan defense minister assured him the security agreement will be signed in "a timely manner." right now about 50,000 u.s. troops are still in afghanistan, supposed to stay most of them throughout this year but all of them are supposed to be out by the end of 2014. the coming year unless there's a security agreement in place. then there could be eight to 10,000 for 12,000 u.s. troops for another ten years at a cost of billions of d
. in afghanistan, president hamid karzai shutdown secretary john kerry's suggestion that the united states could circumvent through famine have afghans defense ministers on a security agreement that would allow u.s. troops to stay in the country past next year. the spokesman of hamid karzai says he would not promote any of his ministers to sign in his place my certain demands are met, including a demand to change military operation. any major blow to hezbollah. one of its top military leaders gunned down outside of his home in a busy beirut suburb. has bloke was quick to blame israel for the assassination and israel denied any involvement in the death of the terrorist. in the ukraine, more protest over closer ties with russia and reduction of a trade agreement. russia urging stability and order, while the obama administration is not getting involved at all. apparently because of fears provoking a fracture with vladimir putin. vice president joe biden making no direct comments after meeting with the chinese leaders in beijing over the air zone dispute in the south china sea. the vice president ca
, and the president of afghanistan, hamid karzai doesn't even have time to invite him in for a cup of coffee. what is going on. >> reporter: well, what the pentagon will tell you is that hagel never planned to meet with karzai during this trip, that it was simply a trip to thank the troops. he did, however, meet with some top afghan government officials to discuss what is going on and why karzai won't sign the security agreement that the u.s. needs that signature on in order to keep troops there after the end of 2014. let's be very clear. the u.s. isn't so anxious to stand right next for karzai right now. he is so unpredictable, that they really don't understand fully, they say, what he is up to. right now they're working with the second tier of afghan officials trying to get this resolved. wolf? >> we'll see what happens. at stake thousands of u.s. troops that could be stuck at the cost of bills ona year, and hamid karzai won't even talk. it's pretty shocking when you think about t we'll continue to follow the afghan story, because it is so important. barba barbara, thanks very much. >>> a ground
hamid karzai said no to security forces in n.a.t.o. until his demands are met. the bilateral security pack would allow troops to stay in afghanistan past 2014. patience to get a deal signed is running out. >> reporter: this is not fooling around. this is serious business. they are the words of u.s. secretary of state john kerry here in brussels on tuesday evening and addressing the afghan president hamid karzai. why hasn't this agreement been sign? john kerry wouldn't speculate was keeping them from signing the contract. his initial security adviser she went to kabul last week and came away empty handed. troops and trainers can operate number 2014. they need to be planning their parliamentary cycle, and it cannot be turned on and off like a light switch. what they're trying to do is impress on ha had ha hamid karzo sign before the end of the year, a task that may be difficult as he won't budge. >> a pew research study for the first time in four decades the majority of americans say the u.s. is less powerful than it was a decade ago. 70% say that they think the u.s. is areis re less re
events in afghanistan. president hamid karzai refuses to sign a security agreement with the united states that would define american military presence in his country at the end of the year. but he did agree to a new agreement with iran. he agreed in principle to a friendship and cooperation path dealing with security and economic issues and within hours of that agreement, he was also already calling for the removal of american forces from the area. he said that we believe that all foreign forces should leave the region and the security of afghanistan should be handed over to people of the country. the so-called moderate has aalowed executions to surge since he took office, with more than 300 people executed since just the month of august. iran is the leader in executions. president obama and other dignitaries are on their way to south africa to attend tomorrow's memorial service from nelson mandela. hitching a ride on air force one with the president and michele obama, former president george w. bush and former secretary of state, hillary clinton. bill clinton and jimmy carter also expect
consecutive terms. if i could, karzai has the same problem. he is a little bit crazy, is not trustworthy, tries to get the best deal for himself -- not necessarily for his people, but for himself. not aneceptive and honest broker. you see that off and on in these backroom middle eastern countries more than you do anywhere else. host: leading us to the headlines today in the paper about the afghanistan deal that john kerry is trying to negotiate along with nato, getting karzai to sign it. the headline in "the washington post ," is that it is in peril. it has been in peril the whole time. it is going to hurt the international community's help afghanistan. people will not invest billions of dollars if they do not know where the money is going, if it is just going into the corrupt pockets of an afghan official. i do not know what the problem of karzai is. i truly do not. for all the help, the money, the lives that the international community has given to make themselves safer because afghanistan was the hot spot of international terrorist the pakistan with its nuclear capability, clearly it
, karzai, the president of afghanistan has the same problems the iranian government has. meaning he's a little bit crazy. he's not trustworthy. he tries to get the best deal for himself, not necessarily his own people, but just himself. he's deceptive and is not an honest broker. you see that popping up in these backwards middle eastern countries more than anywhere else. >> host: that leads us to the headlines today about the afghanistan java secretary of state john kerry is trying to negotiate with nato, getting hamid karzai to sign it. the headline in the "washington post" as it is now in peril. >> guest: it has been imperiled this whole time. we want to sign during this last summit. it's about six months late. it's going to hurt america's ability and the international community's ability to help afghanistan because people want to invest billions of dollars if they don't know where the money is going. i don't know what karzai's problem is. i truly don't. for all of the help of the money in the community has given to make themselves safer because afghanistan was the hot spot by the
but not the president and hamid karzai is refusing to sign before the year's end. they are backing the afghan counterparts decision for the deal and karzai met in tehran sunday with rohani and calling for trade and security and they opposed the presence of troops in afghanistan, the only country asking karzai not to sign the security deal. the security agreement would secure billions of dollars afghanistan needs to boost economy but in limbo the currency is falling and as al jazeera jayne ferguson reports and says it's raising food among the reach of many. >> reporter: the money market in kobbel has done a great business and it poured in to the economy and afghans making money honestly or otherwise traded in foreign exchange and now it's busier than ever because of increasing anxiety about the currency of the afghans. the president of afghanistan is refusing to sign a security pact with the u.s. that would mean some foreign forces remaining after 2014. but billions of dollars in aid would also remain, and the economy is expected to collapse without that. that delay is causing fear in the bus
with crimes. these status of forces agreements are essential. and if karzai will not sign the agreement, then our hands are tied. the president's hands are tied. on the other hand, they have an election norah, in the spring. karzai will not be in office anymore. and some think, including the chairman of the senate armed services committee, carl levin, that we need to wait because even if karzai signed it we can't rely on him going forward because he'll only be in office a few more months. we maybe should try to tread water until a new president is elected in afghanistan in the spring. >> let's talk about as we're wrapping up the end of the year the latest polls are coming out calling this the worst congress ever saying it's the least productive. what do you say to that? is there a way to not blame the other guy? >> we all need to take responsibility. that's one of the things frankly folks at home get really irritated at is no matter what goes wrong we're so anxious to say it's their fault. in washington we're good at that, blaming the other guy, because this is a
and the number is rising. the taliban reportedly urging hamid karzai to reject a long-term security deal with the united states to keep our troops in his country pass next year. and he will choose his successor in april. senate democrats voting on new sanctions in iran, even though the white house is trying to stop them, saying such measures would undermine this for a long-term deal that would restrain if not end their nuclear weapon ambitions. and syria's chemical weapons stockpile that has to be removed by the end of this month. it will most likely be destroyed on a ship undetermined as yet, somewhere in the mediterranean. also undetermined. thousands of demonstrators demanding that the president resign over a last-minute decision to mmke a trade agreement in favor of closer ties to russia. an ongoing anti-government clashes. demonstrators calling for her resignation, accusing her of being a proxy for her exiled brother, who is himself deposed as prime minister in a coup in 2006. in china, efforts to claim control over international airspace around a group of islands administered by th
president hamid karzai to allow our troops to stay in the country past 2014. so far, secretary hagel is not scheduled to negotiate with him on this trip at least. i'm jamie colby. back to cav vuto on business. keep it right here on fox. >>> you know, we were still yelling at each other on the break. we've got to get along here. one and done. because if a new study is right, that's how many times the president met one on one with his health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius since the health care law was passed more than three years ago. this is according to the institute which tracked the official white house calendar. you've worked for a different number of white houses. the president can call you up at the last second. that might not be formally on the calendar. i'm trying to think, he might not have scheduled something on the calendar but would call her. it had to have been more than once, right? >> i don't think it had to be more than once because it was a signature initiative, a signature project. but he obviously dropped the ball. he had an idea or somebody gave him
not meet with president hamid karzai who ruffled feathers by refusing to sign a security deal. >>> a pod of wayward whales has risen. officials found 11 dead pilot whales in the florida keys sunday afternoon bringing the number of recovered character casts carcasses to 52. officials do not know the status of the remaining whales. >>> okay, a bizarre plane incident left one passenger with quite the surprise. tom wagner was on united flight from louisiana to california when he awoke to find the flight empty and the plane locked. >> i looked up at the ceiling and i saw the lights were out, looked down the aisle an nobody was home. >> you can hear more of wagner's interview this morning coming up on the "today" show. sports from richard lui. good morning. >> good morning. all right. waking up, that might have been tough, right? >> lights were out. nobody home. >> call the girlfriend, let me out. >> somebody come get me. >> exactly. good day. the streak is over. the saints end the eight wins in a row and drew brees leading them to a win at home. brees now the fifth to surpass 50,000 passing y
to pakistan from afghanistan, where he visited u.s. troops but president hamid karzai, who has rankled the u.s. by refusing to sign a security agreement before year's end. >> eight major tech giants, many from the bay area, have called for tighter controls on government surveillance. the companies, including google, facebook and twitter are joining forces to argue there should be reforms in the way the united states snoops on people. they issued an open letter to president barack obama, saying that while governments have a duty to protect citizens, recent revelations have "highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide." the letter published monday said: "the balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual - rights that are enshrined in our constitution." the letter follow revelations by former national security agency contractor edward snowden, who leaked details of the secret programs that critics say violate privacy rights >> i will highlight more of the weather when we return. >> ice, snow, a
with afghan president hamid karzai last month. they want to postpone until after afghan elections in april >> president obama is launching a new effort to promote the benefits of the affordable care act. congressional democrats and other groups are part of this campaign. you can expect tweets, news conferences and other events over the next three weeks that show how the new law is already helping americans. december 23rd is the deadline for enrolling in a plan that starts january 1st. >>> the next three weeks we should know if this is a turning point for the president and not just a signature health care long. deputy political editor joins us with a look ahead. the white house is is not portraying this as mission accomplished yesterday. >> they're careful not to portray it as mission accomplished. what happens if there are other problems that come up for people. not to mention still folks are getting error messages and you have insurers about data on the back end of the site. >> the president is wanting to make this a turning point not just for health care act but so he can move to other t
secretary chuck hagel has made an unannounced trip to afghanistan. hagel is not planning to meet with karzai during his stop >> six suspects in the truck carrying radioactive have been released from the hospital. all of them experienced symptoms of radiation exposure. >>> in the wake of last weekend's deadly rail accident, they have until tuesday to identify all lines who have speed changes of 20 miles per hour or more. the railroad is ordered to put extra operators online. >>> new mexico state police officer who shot at the van with children inside has been fired. the incident happened in october during a traffic stop dispute over a speeding ticket. >>> a woman in georgia is facing a series of charges for using her 5-year-old son to burglarize her neighbor's house. video from the in-home surveillance shows the boy breaking in through the doingy door. the home owner set up a camera after noticing things missing from her house. >>> the american veteran detained in north korea is heading home. newman arrived last night night hours after his release. he is expected to land in his hometown of sa
, afghanistan's hamid karzai and cuba's raul castro. joining me from south africa, nbc's ron allen. can you give me a sense of what it's like on the ground and the preparations that are under way. >> it's been an amazing few days since we've been here. in case you can't hear, it's raining, it's dark. there are still crowds out there chanting, choirs, is a mood of festivity, jubilation. also grief and mourning, but for the most part it's been a time of celebrating the life of nelson mandela. we've just achieved the official program for tomorrow. the service begins here around 11:00 a.m., which is 4:00 a.m. in the united states. they are expecting 80,000 people to jam the football stadium and the overflow crowds in at least three or four other stadiums. on the program we see there are several of nelson mandela's grandchildren that will speak. there are marks by secretary-general ban ki-moon. there are also remarks by foreign dignitaries including president obama. he will be followed by the president of brazil, china, india, and raoul castro of cuba and finally remarks by jacob zuma from africa. qu
america's presence in the pacific. >>> afghan president hamid karzai accusing the u.s. of cutting police and military supplies to try to pressure the country into signing a security deal. the u.s. embassy in kabul denies those claims. tensions between karzai and the u.s. have been rising lately. just last week karzai said he would not sign a new security deal until certain requirements are met even though both sides had already agreed on a deal. >>> one after the other. cars and trucks slamming into one another on an icy road in massachusetts. in the end, it was a 65-car pileup. state police say at least two people were seriously injured sunday. 35 others were taken to local hospitals in wooster. the highway was closed for several hours after freezing rain turned that roadway into a sheet of ice. even a state trooper responding to the crash was rear ended. >>> talk about a joy ride. this one around the sound. authorities in seattle arresting a man they claim stole a ferry and took it around puget sound for about seven hours. here's the story. >> why did you do it? >> reporter: a wild and
in bangkok warning foreign travellers to stay out of the streets. >> afghanistan president karzai is accusing the u.s. of holding back fuel and other supplies. he said they are holding back supplies in an attempt to pressure for him to sign the agreement. >> from the "los angeles times" officials say speed may have been a factor in the crash that killed actor paul walker and his friend over the weekend. according to police the "fast and furious" star left a charity event. witnesses at the event said they heard a loud boom and saw smoke. walker was in the middle of gaming "fast and furious 7." walker leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter. he was 40 years old. >> really. isn't that bizarre? came from a charity event and he gets in one of the cars and the guy drives off with him -- >> he was the passenger in the car. >> passenger in the car and runs into a pole and blows up. >> yeah. the pictures of the scene afterward you can hardly make out it was a car. i never met him but he was a very kind, generous, humble guy. awful tragedy. >> "wall street journal," black friday deelts and early opening h
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into a discussion on foreign policy, starting with this healafghanistan deadline. >> karzai won't sign this deal. susan rice went over to save it and she couldn't save it with the president. they're saying, what's going on? i thought you agreed to this whole deal. does the president himself have to get this done? they can't seem it get this done by the end of the year. >> here and reporting over the weekend, president rouhani in iran saying, we're going to enrich uranium. is there any reason to think that iran gives up its nuclear option? >> no. iran is now cementing that. rouhani went on an interview with the sentinel times, and this is creating big problems with iran's neighbors. they all gave up their right to enrich and the saudis already paid for a nuclear program. pakistan, all they have to do is call that debt in and say, send it over. proliferation is a real threat, but the question from the white house is, what are the options? >> isn't it a question, too, about who gets to decide about israel having its own nuclear capacity? does the united states have the ability to direct that? >> no
visit comes as afghan president hamid karzai refuses to sign a deal that would allow u.s. troops to stay in the country past 2014. the u.s. says they want a deal signed by the end of the month. hagel has no plans to meet with karzai on his trip. his office says he is in the country to thank troops for their service. >>> and now, you are about to look at live pictures from johannesburg, south africa, where visitors from all over the world continue to mourn the loss of nelson mandela. memorial plans are under way. it could be the largest service the world has ever seen. president obama will travel to south africa for the memorial along with presidents bush and clinton. they will be joined by other world figures like the pope and celebrities including bill gates and oprah. the public service will be held on tuesday. mandela's body will lie in state for three days. after that his body will be flown to his home village for a private burial. >>> a new battle in the war on christmas. now congress looking to tax your christmas free. your christmas tree. they want to tack on 15 cents per tree. th
timely manner. but in a highly unusual move, the secretary chose not to meet with president hamid karzai who is the one holding up the pact that would keep thousands of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan after 2014 for training and counterterrorism missions. >> president obama and secretary of state john kerry discussing middle east policy at a washington forum today. the president addressing a wide range of issues including strained relation, with israel, the peace process between israel and the palestinians, as well as defending the recent nuclear deal with iran. >> what we have to do is make a decision as to given the options available, what is the best way for us to assure that iran does not get a nuclear weapon? the best way is to test this diplomatic pact. understanding that it's not based on trust. it's based on what we can verify. >> live in washington with more. >> the nuclear deal calls for iran to cap in a verifiable way its nuclear program in exchange for an ease in international sanctions. today, president obama was try to answer critic, s of the deal. israeli prime ministe
hamid karzai, but hagel said that his afghan counterpart assured him the agreement would be reached in, quote, a timely manner. >>> well, the white house once said that president obama didn't know one of his uncles. turns out, he actually lived with him. briefly. is this a big deal? we'll tell you. that story next. we're aig. and we're here. to help secure retirements and protect financial futures. to help communities recover and rebuild. for companies going from garage to global. on the ground, in the air, even into space. we repaid every dollar america lent us. and gave america back a profit. we're here to keep our promises. to help you realize a better tomorrow. from the families of aig, happy holidays. life with crohn's disease ois a daily game of "what if's". what if my abdominal pain and cramps end our night before it even starts? what if i eat the wrong thing? what if? what if i suddenly have to go? what if? but what if the most important question is the one you're not asking? what if the underlying cause of your symptoms is damaging inflammation? for help getting the answers yo
to cut a deal with hamid karzai of afghanistan. >>> next, how
this happen again. what would your advice be with to the administration on dealing with the karzai government as we go forward to 2014? >> patience. [laughter] you know, it's, this is maddening. but, you know, i think the important thing is to focus on what is in the u.s. strategic interest. i think a long-term strategic partnership that supports the afghan state and afghan institutions like the armed forces gaining self-sufficiency, independence, capacity is in our interests for all the reasons we lived through on 9/11. i think that is, can be done at a reasonable level of investment. and, you know, i do believe and i share the view that if we're going to have americans on the ground in afghanistan, we have to have a security agreement that insures that they fall under u.s. legal protections, not subject to afghan law. that has always been a red line, and i think it's an appropriate red line. but i also think we heard from the afghan people via the low ya jirga that most of afghan's leadership including i would say just about if not everybody presidential candidate that is running for electi
hamid karzai said he won't sign it until after the country's elections from april. >>> the police department picking up pointers from usa today. according to usa today one in four are using a tactic known as tower dunk. >> that means they are tracking the ident and activity of thousands of cell phones, and at least two dozen are using a stingray, a mobile suitcase device used as a fake cell phone device to intercept calls. >>> safety improvements are coming to the railroad in the weak of last week's derail. . the new system will warn engineers of approaching speed reductions and will automatically apply an emergency brake in the speed is not lowered. >>> autopsy results are due in the death of a 16-year-old boy. officials now say first responders used every means possible to try and revive that boy. he went into cardiac arrest. the boy reportedly had an underlying medical condition. his family says he was clear to fly. >>> billy joel and shirley mcclain among those celebrated at kennedy honors. santana and opera serng marty no royo rounded out this lest of honorees. president obam
remain in afghanistan beyond 2014, hamid karzai had signing the status of forces agreement. in washington, "the associated press" that the consumer finance watchdog is expanding its oversight of sallie mae and other companies. a rule issued today by the consumer financial protection bureau extends that agencies supervision to non-companies that have lenders. the cfp be overseas banks and service student loans, but most of the end from the white house, president obama will focus on the benefits of the health care law he will be flying by the white house says have benefited from the overhaul. he will remind american fork discrimination against those with preexisting conditions. we'll have coverage of that at the white house later today in our commitment network, c-span 3. house judiciary committee waiting to gavel in. we stay here live on cease and two. -- c-span2. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversati
.s. troops but declined to meet with president hamid karzai, who has rankled the u.s. by refusing to sign a security agreement before year's end. former san diego mayor bob filner will be sentenced today on felony and misdemeanor charges. filner pleaded guilty in october to charges related to placing a woman in a headlock, kissing another woman and grabbing the buttocks of a third. in a plea agreement, prosecutors say they will recommend that he get three months of home confinement and three years of probation. the 71-year-old democrat left office august 30, amid widespread allegations that he sexually harassed women.ex-san diego mayor in southern california today, thousands of social workers in los angeles county will join the picket line. some 36-hundred department of children and family services workers started striking last week after contract talks broke down. workers are upset over heavy workloads and pay. today, up to 10-thousand department of public social services workers are expected to join the strike. a union spokesperson says the social service workers provide essential suppo
karzai so far has not signed the proposal. also this, the federal consumer finance watchdog agency is expanding its oversight to sallie mae and other companies that collect student loan payments. the issue today by the consumer financial protection bureau extends the agency to the non- banking companies that manage large volumes of student loans on behalf of lenders. and also this from the white house. the obama administration is launching a healthcare strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come january and also trying to refocus public attention on the broad benefits of the law. president obama will focus on the benefits of a white house event to date by americans for the white house they have benefited from the overhaul the president will try to remind americans that the health care law is preventing insurance discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions and allowing young people to stay on their parents coverage until age 26. we will cover the events at the white house line starting 2:30 eastern on c-span three. >>> as you walk in there are tables o
to the floor to speak about the bilateral strategic agreement and the fact that president karzai has refused to sign the proposal offered by the administration. since we have been in afghanistan, 2,285 americans have given their lives for our country and 19,514 have been wounded. the time has come for congress to understand history. from the days of alexander the great to the british to the russians, no one has ever changed afghanistan. the american people are tired of the cost of war, both life and money. as i said yesterday, it is my hope that in early 2014, the leadership of the house will permit a debate and a vote on the agreement that will obligate our country to afghanistan for at least 10 more years. i realize that the vote will not change the agreement, because the president does have the authority, but this will give us a chance to represent the people of america who the majority are opposed to this agreement. it is unacceptable that we will continue to spend billions of dollars at a time, according to special inspector general, the waste, fraud and abuse is worse in afghanistan to
deal. it's a bad thing president karzai is playing politics with this and not getting on and doing it. it is crucial. there's an election in afghanistan next year. the question will be is there enough credibility in that election to keep the security situation under control and it will require some continued presence of american forces there. >> you mentioned china and perhaps the continued slow down on the chinese economy but we're seeing think it week, a rise in regional tensions driven by chinese nationalism over this disputed set of islands. what happens in that region in terms of national security and how, if you were sitting in the white house or if you were taking your magazine to the white house tomorrow what would you be warning them about regional tensions? >> i think it's another very good example of where america is so essential that without the american presence there, without america being prepared to hold the fort, that situation could easily get out of control very fast. >> we're looking at the prospect of some sort of military conflict? >> potentially unfortunately yo
for their service. he does not plan to meet with afghan president karzai who is can currently in a dispute with the white house because he is refusing to sign a security agreement that would allow u.s. troops to stay in afghanistan past 2014. defense secretary chuck hagel announced that the afghan defense minister reassured him that the security deal will be signed in a timely manner. >>> a high school in illinois is making headlines for a controversial new policy that requires students to submit to random alcohol tests. the school is owfd chicago. this fall the private catholic school began weekly alcohol testing. using hair samples the tests can reveal if a student has had more than an occasional glass of wine in the past 90 days. >> this policy is aimed at helping kids say no and aimed at helping sid c kids who are starting to get into the has been ift using alcohol change. >> a majority of students say they do support the testing. according to the aclu, the testing is an invasion of privacy. other schools around the country say they're keeping a close eye on the success or failure of t
. no one has said that they are going to need to change it. president karzai has said he does not want to be
. particularlyan and provennt karzai have difficult to work with. now you are seeing comments from chuck hagel starting to say we might go ahead and pack it up. i think it will be interesting to see, this is such a politically delicate matter. to see where the white house comes down on this. we had a similar conversation to ago as we were packing up from a rack -- from iraq. the issue was whether troops were going to grant immunity from prosecution, and the pentagon agreed they would not leave any troops. so we had a complete withdraw from a rack. it looks like we might be going down that road in afghanistan, too. the next few weeks will be critical to that discussion because the dod needs in the next few months to begin to plant whether they will literally pack up -- to plan whether they will literally pack up every tank, soldier, housing unit, and put that back on a boat to the states or whether ony will leave the footprint the outskirts of kabul for the long haul. that takes a long time of planning and forethought. on ouroodson in florida, line for retired and active-duty military. see thei
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